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Suspect wanted in South Ozone Park robbery: cops


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ASHA MAHADEVAN

Police are looking for the suspect in a robbery that occurred near Lincoln Street and 135th Street last month.

On July 29 at about 6:15 p.m., a 23-year-old man was approached by the suspect who followed by forcibly removing the victim’s sneakers and wallet before fleeing the scene, cops said. The victim was uninjured.

Police have released a surveillance photo of the suspect using the victim’s stolen debit card.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Police looking for suspect in South Ozone Park attempted robbery


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The NYPD is looking for a suspect wanted for the attempted robbery of a 65-year-old woman.

On Wednesday, Aug.6 at about 2:10 p.m. the victim was on the corner of 130th Street and 109th Avenue when she was pushed from behind by the suspect as he tried to grab her purse, police said. This caused her to fall to the ground and hit her head on the sidewalk. The suspect then fled the scene.

The victim sustained swelling and bruising to her head and was taken to an area hospital for treatment, according to cops.

Police released photos of the suspect who they describe as a man with brown eyes, short black hair and about 5 feet 5 inches tall. He was last seen wearing white sneakers and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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62-year-old dies trying to cross Belt Parkway


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A Bronx man was struck and killed as he was attempting to cross the Belt Parkway Tuesday night in South Ozone Park, according to police.

The victim, identified as 62-year-old Frank Korowitz, was trying to walk across the roadway near 150th Street around 11 p.m. when he was hit by a Nissan Maxima, cops said.

The Nissan was then struck from behind by an Isuzu Rodeo, according to authorities. Both drivers suffered minor injuries.

Korowitz was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Nissan, Karlmarx Waite, 44, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and motor vehicle license violation: no license, police said.

 

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South Ozone Park couple broadcasts international radio show out of home


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Two South Ozone Park residents are part of an international syndicate of DJs streaming an international radio show that plays Caribbean, Guyanese and Indian music.

And they do it all from their home.

“It’s very hot here in New York City. I trust that the music coming out of our Queens studio is keeping you cool,” Sharmin Hardeosingh said into a microphone that carried her message all around the world to millions of people.

Sharmin and her husband Amar are a part of an international radio program called Swaarg Sangeet Radio and they have their own program that features an array of music like Caribbean, Bollywood, Trinidadian and Guyanese. Sharmin and Amar, who work out of their South Ozone Park home, have been running the New York City segment of the radio since 2012 and people from all over the world can listen to the music by going on the radio’s website.

“I have the ability to make someone’s spirit high with this music,” Amar said in a whisper because Sharmin was in the next room broadcasting. “It’s a part of the Caribbean community here in Queens but also around the world.”

While Amar is dedicated to the radio program, he works at an auto collision shop during the day and DJs for the radio on the weekend. Swaarg Sangeet means “power of music” in Hindi and the company is based out of Houston, Texas, where the corporate office is set up.

The Hardeosinghs’ set-up is similar to others across the world, according to the company’s website. The company is able to have a DJ always working somewhere by setting up manned stations in Trinidad and Tobago, India, Guyana, Florida and California.

The stations tend to have a high listener population of Caribbean and Guyanese people who want to stay connected with the international community. Amar and Sharmin do this by live streaming events that occur in Queens and all of New York City.

The couple recently streamed a memorial, using a high-definition camera provided by the company, of the death of a Hindu religious leader.

“And that’s how we connect people all around the world,” Amar said. “There were so many people out there yearning to participate in the event but they couldn’t come to New York City from India or wherever else they were.”

 

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26-year-old killed in Far Rockaway motorcycle collision


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A motorcyclist lost his life on July 4 after striking a utility pole in Far Rockaway, police said.

Marcus Joel, 26, of South Ozone Park, was riding his motorcycle on Seagirt Boulevard near Beach 13th Street just after 6 p.m. when the accident occurred, according to authorities.

As he was traveling down the roadway, he hit a curb before crashing into a wooden utility pole, cops said. Joel was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 

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Man builds miniature railroad in South Ozone Park yard


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THE COURIER/Photos by Eric Jankiewicz

There’s a new local train stop in Queens—so local the whole railroad is contained within a yard in South Ozone Park.

Max Dixon, 54, spent the whole winter season building three train tracks that run the length of his front and side yard. He’s now reaping the benefits of his hard work.

“It’s very relaxing,” he said as three train cars, with their miniature cargo in tow, chugged along at various speeds. “It calms every part of you. Mind, body and soul.”

Dixon is a self-described miniaturist and he has the credentials to prove it. His house holds hundreds of miniature cars, electric and non functioning; two methane-powered helicopters about the size of drones; several model train cars; and three miniature humans, his grandchildren.

“I’m a grandfather so it’s not like I’m a kid. But the kid in me loves this,” he said. As he spoke one of the train cars turned snaked around a bend toward him through flowers and a miniature train station. He noticed that it was missing its cargo of two miniature cars and freight cars. Using a remote control, he put the car in reverse.

“Let’s see if we can do this without it getting derailed,” he said and walked over to the spot on the truck where the cargo unhooked.

“Now that was fun,” he said after the train was put together.

Dixon works for Verizon during the week and said that collecting miniatures has been a hobby of his for more than 25 years, and over the years he’s probably put around $40,000 into his hobby.

“When I was putting the foundation in for the train tracks, it took me two hours just to hammer in the wooden stake [foundation],” he said. “ That’s a ridiculous amount of time. But it shows you how much I love it.”

 

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Queens man collared in Ozone Park, South Ozone burglary spree: DA


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A Queens man has been busted for allegedly breaking into five homes in Ozone Park and South Ozone Park, stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry and other items.

Harry Garcia, 48, a Jamaica resident, was arraigned Saturday in Queens Criminal Court on charges of five counts of second-degree burglary, one count of second-degree grand larceny, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and one count of resisting arrest, prosecutors said.

Garcia is accused of committing the burglary spree between May 6 and June 6, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.

He was finally collared Friday morning when NYPD officers investigating a pattern of residential burglaries caught Garcia entering a South Ozone Park backyard and trying to open a window and break into the 117th Street home, Brown said. Cops then said they saw him leave the backyard with a bag he wasn’t carrying when he entered the residence. He fled when police approached, and was apprehended a block away, where Garcia allegedly resisted arrest as he flailed his arms and legs as officers tried to handcuff him.

The bag he was carrying, which Garcia dropped when he fled, contained a Sony PlayStation and accessories, prosecutors said. Police also found a bracelet and chain when they searched Garcia.

Garcia is also charged in connection to four additional burglaries that occurred on May 6, on 109th Street in South Ozone Park; on May 13 on 135th Avenue in South Ozone Park; on May 23, on 83rd Street in Ozone Park; and on May 30 on 113th Street in Ozone Park, according to the district attorney.

If convicted Garcia faces up to 75 years in prison. He was ordered held on $60,000 bail and to return to court on June 23.

 

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Pedestrian fatally hit in South Ozone Park


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Updated Monday, June 9, 4:50 p.m.

A 58-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed in South Ozone Park just hours after another man was fatally hit on the same roadway, according to police.

The incident happened about 10 a.m. on North Conduit Avenue near 130th Street, cops said.

The victim, identified by police as Robert Moczo of Manhattan, was trying to cross North Conduit Avenue, and was halfway across the street, when he attempted to turn around and come back, officials said.

He was then struck by a Toyota Avalon sedan.

The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition where he later died of his injuries around 2:20 p.m., according to officials.

Police said the driver remained on the scene of the accident and the investigation is ongoing.

North Conduit Avenue was the site of another fatal crash earlier the same morning when a bicyclist was struck in a hit-and-run near 225th Street at about 5 a.m.

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Cops looking for suspects in South Ozone Park robbery, assault


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A 49 year-old man was robbed and assaulted in front of a deli in South Ozone Park earlier this month, according to police.

One of the suspects took $400 and a cell phone from the man at about 2:05 a.m. on May 5, before three other suspects attacked the victim, leaving him with minor injuries to his face and head, cops said. The robbery and assault happened on Rockaway Boulevard near 134th Street.

Police have released a photo of the first suspect and describe all of the suspects as men between the ages of 18 and 25.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Flushing student to compete in Scripps National Spelling Bee, aims for back-to-back Queens champs


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What’s that buzzing?

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is quickly approaching, and Queens could have another student bring back a golden honey-colored trophy from Washington D.C. on Thursday.

In 2013, Bayside Hills resident Arvind Mahankali became the king bee in his final eligible year. This year, Flushing’s Sai Vishudhi Chandrasekhar is back for another round of the contest, but a new challenger from the borough is eager to take the stage as well.

Anil Singh, a fifth grader at P.S./I.S. 499 in Flushing, is set to debut in the National Spelling Bee and battle 280 other young wordsmiths around the country for the crown.

“I’m honored to have this opportunity and I won’t let [Queens] down,” Anil said.

Anil has been participating in spelling bees since second grade when he said his teacher forced the class to engage in the activity, which he thought was “weird.”

“I thought it was some random, weird oral spelling test,” said Anil, a South Ozone Park resident.

The entire class lost on the word “sandal,” and Anil remembers spelling it “s-a-n-d-e-l.” But after that mistake he didn’t miss a word, eventually facing a classmate in a showdown for the second grade title. He spelled the word “pilot” correctly to win his first-ever bee.

“After that I found out what a spelling bee was and I liked it, and I did it the next year, and the next year and the year after that,” Anil said.

He has never lost a spelling bee—his record now stands at 6-0— and because fifth-grade is the first time he could advance to the borough and city rounds, he was able to beat out students from around the five boroughs to represent the region after spelling “metachrosis” on March 20.

Anil is studying an average of two to three hours a day for the national contest.

Using the list of words that Scripps provided for the tournament, he has divided them into different categories, such as similar origins and definitions, to help remember. He also writes down words numerous times so they will stick in his memory. But he admits he doesn’t know every word and may have to guess.

“Most of it in the spelling bee is guess work,” Anil said. “The hardest part is learning how to guess.”

Catch the preliminary rounds of the bee on Wednesday, May 28 on ESPN.

 

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Councilman Ruben Wills arrested on corruption charges


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Updated 2:25 p.m. 

Councilman Ruben Wills was arrested Wednesday after a corruption investigation discovered he allegedly stole public campaign funds and state grant money.

The Queens politician, who represents the 28th District, which includes Jamaica, Richmond Hill, Rochdale and South Ozone Park, was indicted on charges of grand larceny, scheme to defraud, falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing, according to the indictment.

Jelani Mills, a relative who works for Wills, and allegedly helped him redirect some of the cash, was also indicted Wednesday on charges of grand larceny and falsifying business records.

Wills is accused of stealing from both the Campaign Finance Board (CFB) and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office.

He is charged with redirecting $11,500 in matching funds he received from the CFB during his 2009 City Council campaign–with the help of Mills–to New York 4 Life, a nonprofit Wills started, and using the money for personal purchases, according to court documents. Wills allegedly bought a $750 Louis Vuitton handbag at Macy’s, among other items. 

The councilman had been under investigation by the attorney general for $33,000 in state funds provided through a grant that was unaccounted for after it was given to New York 4 Life, according to published reports and the attorney general’s office.

Those funds were earmarked by former state Sen. Shirley Huntley while Wills was serving as her chief of staff.

New York 4 Life signed a contract with OCFS to receive that money, promising to conduct four public service projects, officials said, but the nonprofit allegedly only came through on one program that cost about $14,000. Wills is accused of pocketing the remaining $19,000 and using it for political and personal expenses, including purchases at Nordstrom’s and Century 21.

Huntley was arrested in a unrelated case in August 2012 and later pleaded guilty for covering up money funneled through a nonprofit she helped establish. It was revealed last May that Huntley had secretly recorded the conversations of seven elected officials, including Wills, while she was still in office at the request of federal prosecutors.

“The City Council takes these troubling allegations from the New York State Attorney General very seriously and will be reviewing them thoroughly, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said in a statement. “New Yorkers expect and deserve a government that is ethical and responsible and that is the standard we’re seeking to uphold.”

Wills, who was first elected to the Council in a 2010 special election, has been prohibited from doling out member items, or city funds, to his district, the Queens delegation chair and City Council speaker’s office will now designate them for him, reports and a source said.

He has also agreed to give up his chairmanship of the Council’s subcommittee on drug abuse, according to published reports.

Wills, who did not enter a plea and was released without bail, said Wednesday he had no plans to resign, reports said.

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Man pleads guilty to sexually abusing two seven-year-old girls in South Ozone Park


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A man arrested last May for sexually abusing two young South Ozone Park girls pleaded guilty to the crimes Monday, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

“The defendant has admitted to being a sexual predator and, as such, he has proven himself to be a threat to children and a clear and present danger to society in general,” Brown said. “Today’s plea ensures that he is punished for his crimes and spares his young victims of having to relive their nightmarish experience at trial.”

Lee Samuel, 26, whose last known address was in the Jamaica section of Queens, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual act and first-degree sexual abuse, according to prosecutors. Sentencing is scheduled for May 5, at which time he will receive 14 years in prison and 20 years post-release supervision.

The hunt for a suspect had the South Ozone Park area on edge last spring after it was reported that a man had sexual contact with two seven-year-old girls.

The separate incidents happened within just hours of and approximately two miles away from each other on May 1, 2013, officials said.

In pleading guilty, said Brown, Samuel admitted that he approached the first victim as she was tying her shoe on the sidewalk and touched her on her buttocks.

Several hours later Samuel came up to his second victim and pretended that he wanted to play a game with her, Brown said. Samuel then exposed himself to the girl and engaged in a sexual act with her.

 

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Police release video of suspects in Queens rooftop break-ins


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Cops have released a video in connection to the burglaries of multiple Queens businesses.

The footage shows the suspects cashing in lottery tickets inside a Brooklyn bodega at 296 New Lots Ave on Feb. 27, according to police.

The suspects are wanted in connection to seven thefts that took place between Dec. 14 and Feb. 20 in the WoodhavenJamaicaSouth Richmond HillOzone Park and South Ozone Park sections of the borough, the NYPD said.

In each of the burglaries, one or more suspects break in through the roof or air conditioning vent and steal cash, according to police.  Lotto tickets and calling cards were also taken during some of the thefts.

Last month, police released a video from the latest burglary, which took place about 11 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Pioneer Supermarket at 90-01 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven. A thousand dollars in cash and approximately $600 worth of phone cards went missing from the supermarket after the suspect broke in through the roof, cops said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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JFK baggage handlers accused of taking checks, money orders from mail


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Five John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) baggage handlers, including two Queens men, allegedly stole thousands of dollars worth of checks and money orders that were being sent through overseas mail, officials announced Friday.

The men are accused of taking the money orders and checks, which were bound for Japan, China, Korea, and other places, and depositing them into their own bank accounts. They also allegedly swiped credit cards and used them to buy iPad minis and other electronics from “Best Buy” kiosks at the airport, according to officials.

“Included among the items allegedly stolen from the mail were money orders mailed by a member of the armed services and in another instance, checks intended for child support,” District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Following multiple reports of thefts of credit cards, money orders and checks from U.S. mail, specifically mail being handled by Ground Services International baggage handlers at JFK, a joint investigation was launched by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Port Authority Police Department, according to the district attorney.

The investigation found that between July and February, the five accused baggage handlers allegedly took the checks and money orders, which ranged from $100 to $1,000, and stole the credit cards and used them to make the kiosk purchases. The thefts allegedly totaled more than $27,000, Brown said.

Anthony Austin, 26, of Hollis, Ariel Weaver, 20, of South Ozone Park, and Brooklyn residents Michael Williams, 29, Alexander Fluellen, 29, and Samuel Wright, 31, were arraigned Thursday in Queens Criminal Court on separate criminal complaints in which they are variously charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny and forgery, according to prosecutors.

Fluellen, Wright and Weaver were released without bail and Austin was held on $5,000 bail. Williams is being held pending arraignment.

 

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Police searching for suspect in series of Queens rooftop break-ins


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A suspect has been burglarizing multiple Queens businesses over the last two months by breaking in through the roof or air conditioning vent, the NYPD said.

The thefts all took place between Dec. 14 and Feb. 20 in the Woodhaven, JamaicaSouth Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and South Ozone Park sections of the borough.

In each of the seven burglaries, the suspect stole cash, ranging from $100 to $5,000. The suspect also swiped lotto tickets and calling cards during some of the thefts.

Police have released a video from the latest incident.

The burglary took place about 11 p.m. Thursday at the Pioneer Supermarket at 90-01 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven, according to the NYPD.

A thousand dollars in cash and approximately $600 worth of phone cards went missing from the supermarket after the suspect broke in through the roof, police said.

Last week cops also released a photo of the suspect, who was allegedly caught burglarizing businesses in South Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park on Jan. 31 and Feb. 5 by cutting a hole in their roofs.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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